The Medallion (2003)

The Medallion (2003)

Released: 2003
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Genre
Director: Gordon Chan
Starring: Claire Forlani, Lee Evans, Jackie Chan, ,
Run time: 88 min
IMDb: 5.3/10
Country: Hong Kong
Views: 65538

Synopsis

Storyline:
Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its magical powers for his own nefarious plans.
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User Reviews: "The Medallion" has a pretty good first half: there are enough scenes to prove that Jackie Chan’s still got it, from a fight aboard a ship (where he ties a guy’s arm to his leg using his own shoelaces and a piece of clothing!) to a fun freewheeling foot chase, and other minor stunts. But after Jackie "dies" and comes back equipped with superpowers, there are no more real fight scenes for him: they are all special effects – enhanced and wired. From a pure martial arts perspective, Claire Forlani’s close-quarters fights near the end are the best that the second half of this film has to offer (more proof that Sammo Hung can make anyone look like a genuine martial artist!). The story is basically a rehash of Eddie Murphy’s "The Golden Child", and it has a rushed feel to it (it’s probably no coincidence that the DVD contains about 15 deleted scenes). But the cast is likable: Forlani is utterly lovely, Julian Sands is ideally cast as the immortality-seeking villain, and Jackie is always Jackie. "The Medallion" will probably disappoint most martial arts fans, but those who like the main actors will definitely get some enjoyment out of it. (**)

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